With thanks to Jan Meisels Allan.
While the press release by Senator Nelson did not include mention of the DMF/SSDI- although his opening hearing comments did, the actual bill language is now published and it is much more extensive than what was included in the press release.
On April 9 Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced SB 676 along with Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Schumer (D-NY). The bill restricts access to the Death Master File–of which the Social Security Death Index is the commercial version. Title III of the bill restricts access for the year of death or two succeeding calendar years unless the person is certified under the program by the Secretary of Commerce. Persons who may be certified include legitimate interest in preventing fraud or unauthorized financial transactions, applicable law, regulation, court order, or fiduciary duty, facilitate administration of an insurance policy and credit reporting. There are no provisions for genealogists to be certified. The bill also permits the Social Security Administration not to be compelled to provide information on Social Security information to those who are not certified. The bill also calls for cessation of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards and Medicare correspondence and contains provisions on penalties for those who fraudulently use another’s identity expedited refunds for fraud and abuse victims and more.
To read the bill go to: http://tinyurl.com/btf35vh
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee